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High note for inspirational band made up of people with learning disabilities; PS6,000 funds boost for group.

Byline: NAOMI DE SOUZA News Reporter

A SPECIAL band made up of Coventry people with learning difficulties is celebrating after raising PS6,000 to continue their work.

The Notables, formed in 1997, is the only band of its type in the West Midlands.

It brings together young people and adults with learning disabilities and gives them a chance to let their passion for music shine.

Over the years, the band has played to huge crowds at the Godiva Festival, Positive Images Festival and Leamington Peace Festival to name a few.

They also rocked the stage at the International Disability Arts Festival in Cardiff last year.

And now - thanks to the mammoth fundraising efforts - they can continue to provide a safe and supportive space for others.

The band consists of around 20 members, and meets to practice at Canley Community Centre.

The musicians are assisted and supported by professional community musicians and volunteers.

The Telegraph popped down to meet the group for one of their weekly workshops, and were warmly welcomed. All the members went out of their way to tell us what this group means to them.

Member Lynne Cooper told us how "music is her passion".

Fellow Notable member Lewis added his favourite song was "Summertime" by Billie Holiday and that he "loved singing".

Lawrence Wilburn added: "I look forward to every Wednesday, we get to meet up with our friends and practice music."

The band's founder, Margery Jones, who won the Telegraph's Jimmy Hill Award back in 2016, previously told the Telegraph: "I draw my inspiration from them quite frankly."

Retired teacher Margery is a carer for her son Lewis, a member of the Notables, who "has an excellent ear for music and sings really well".

Watch the video below to see the lasting impact Margery has made Now thanks to the help of local fundraiser Michael Mogan, the group will be able to go on holiday or invest in future activities because of the PS6,000 contribution.

On this wonderful success Michael said: "Groups like this often get overlooked.

I spent a couple of days writing letters to try and raise some money so the Notables can do more things together. And it was worth it!."

We hope the valuable group can continue hitting a high note for years to come.

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